Sunday, August 09, 2015

Serious question about the prayer of intercession at litiya or at matins

That is to say, at litiya at vespers, the prayer that starts something like, "Save, O God, Your people..." and includes a rather long litany of saints. If litiya is not said, it is after the gospel reading at matins.

In your parish practice, how many women are in it besides the obligatory Theotokos and Anna (of "Joachim and Anna")? The exact text used varies considerably - at least among the Russians. The Antiochians and Greeks have more of a tendency to textual uniformity.

Here are some examples:

EDIT: I added numbers. I'm not going to moralize this, it's merely information to consider.

1 comment:

Eric said...

I suppose it should be noted that the Roman canon of the mass commemorates seven women besides the BVM, namely Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, and Anastasia.